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Happy Birthday USA             Wednesday, July 4 2001

Late news from the Valley - 2

The search for Joseph Pisarcik (and my apology for the misspelling yesterday) was reported tonight as ended with no finding, after the search teams felt they had tried everything they could to locate the missing man. They're asking for anyone with any leads about his possible whereabouts to call the Cambria County 911 nonemergency 800 number. More details will probably be given on the Tribune Democrat's page today.

I got to enjoy a jump on Independence Day celebrating, along with thousands of others in the area, by going to witness the fireworks at the Johnstown Galleria Tuesday evening. My hosts were the Hakanens, Rich and Barb, and their grandchildren Dusty and Lindsay.

Thanks for Judy Rose for reporting that "Nanty Glo's" Freedom Ford had relocated on Route 22, near the Ebensburg airport, as of last January, and I coincidentally saw the new facility while driving up that way Tuesday evening. The move leaves Nanty Glo with only one car dealership in town, LaMantia Dodge. Those of us who seem stuck in the past can now ennumerate the other past ones: Costlow Chevrolet/Olds, Boback Pontiac, and Sparky Millward's Nanty Glo Motors Kaiser-Frazer. There were probably others over the years, though those are all that come to my muddled mind.

Besides the Ghost Town Trail being detoured from the Vintondale rock dump to the bridge, the Johnstown Inclined Plane is also undergoing more structural improvements. Pedestrian use of the area's main tourist attraction (in my opinion, our answer to France's Eiffel Tower and Hollywood's famous sign), is maintained, but vehicular use is discontinued while reconstruction of the bed of the bridge over Stoneycreek is underway. Also disappointing: the access to the sculpture trail from the lower Inclined Plane entrance has been discontinued. It had been my second favorite local hike afterthe Ghost Town Trail.

Speaking of that: Trudy Myers reported that everyone has been talking about a new book of ghost stories relating to the Ghost Town Trail. I wanted to buy one, but the only known source, Nanty Glo Gold Crown Foodland store, had sold out its most recent shipment. More are on order, but probably not in time for me to get one on this visit. One tale in synopsis: a midnight ghost train has been reported heard but not seen in the Bracken area (between Twin Rocks and Vintondale).

More tomorrow, Lord willing..

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Funny or true or not, who knows? But interesting

First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments
Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

  • Spades - King David
  • Clubs - Alexander the Great
  • Hearts - Charlemagne, and
  • Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel fuel it burns.
No NFL team that plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Super Bowl.
The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game.

Sent by Zan

On criticism

Slander is a great evil. Just exactly as the little rudder of a ship guides the ship where it wants, so the tongue guides a person either to good or to evil.... When we judge our brother, we censure ourselves in a great sin. When, therefore, we shield our brother, God will also shield us from great sins.

Father Ephraim of Philotheou, Mount Athos

Sent by George Blaisdell
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